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5 Fun Facts About February 27 In Vermont History

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1. On February 27, 1778, the Vermont Republic declared its independence from British rule. The Green Mountain Boys, led by Ethan Allen, had been fighting for independence and recognition for several years prior to this date, and the declaration marked a significant moment in the state's history.

2. In 1803, the town of Barre was officially incorporated in Vermont. The town is famous for its granite quarries, which have produced some of the finest granite in the world. The granite from Barre can be found in buildings and monuments across the United States, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Vermont State House.

3. On February 27, 1884, the Vermont legislature passed a law allowing women to vote in school meetings. This was a significant step towards women's suffrage in the state, and women's suffrage advocates continued to push for full voting rights for women.

4. In 1902, a train carrying President Theodore Roosevelt derailed near Essex Junction, Vermont. Despite the accident, Roosevelt was unharmed and continued on with his scheduled events in the state.

5. On February 27, 2009, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. Vermont was the fourth state in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage, and the first to do so through legislative action rather than a court decision.
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